The Big Read Blog (Archive)


Well, we're eight days into National Poetry Month, a perfect time to remind you that we?ve now got Big Read poetry! When we announce the new Big Read grantees in June, we may just be announcing a few who are hosting celebrations of the poems of Emily Dickinson, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, or Robinson Jeffers for their Big Read. To whet your whistle, here's an excerpt from the Reader's Guide to The Poetry of Emily Dickinson.

"If one mark of a great writer's work is that it moves us to return to it again and again -- whether for enchantment, wisdom, or consolation -- then Emily Dickinson is surely one of our greatest writers. In her verse, we experience the "Transport" or pleasurable excitement that she herself looked for in poetry. 'If I read a book and it makes my whole body so cold no fire can warm me I know that is poetry. If I feel physically as if the top of my head were taken off, I know that is poetry. These are the only ways I know it. Is there any other way[?]'"

Want more Dickinson? Check out The Big Read: The Poetry of Emily Dickinson taking place now through May.